In the event of a publicised, ongoing investigation, there is a great likelihood, that we will hear the various journalists and media personnel talk about 'Public Records'. From the name and its connotation, it is quite likely that many of us have wondered what these public records are and wondered if perhaps, our lives and everything that concerns it is possibly open to public access. If that is the case, then knowing what these public records are, and finding out its extent and limits can put those worries to rest. In every state, County, and country, there are rules governing the kind and amount of information that is open to the public.
WHAT ARE PUBLIC RECORDS?
These are government acquired and compiled information. They could be in form of video, e-mail, mail or any type of media which is retrieved by the government while performing its official business. Some transaction, such as preliminary drafts, however, are destroyed.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law which grants the public the right to access government records. In a case where you happen to have an arrest record that did not end in a conviction, it is good to ensure online, that the records do not exist any longer. To do this, you can conduct a police records search and if you don't think the records are for public access, you can check at your local court clerk office or visit a legal advisor for assistance.